Heidi L. (Smith) Arsenault

Durham, ME - Heidi L. (Smith) Arsenault, 53, of Durham ME, passed away at Mercy Hospital in Portland ME, on May 17.2018 after a life-long battle with diabetes. She was born on September 23, 1964 to Tina and the late Rev. Dr. Terry Smith. 

She is survived by her loving husband, David, of twenty-six years, her brother, Michael Smith, Sisters-in-law Jackie Verrell, Delores Fogg, Alice Betz, dot Aube, Corine Pray and many nieces, nephews and friends. 

She graduated from Andrew Warde High School in Fairfield, CT and worked at Fairfield University and UNUM in Portland. Her hobbies were knitting Afghans and sweater for friends even though she had been completely blind since age twenty-seven. 

Friends and relatives are invited to a Celebration of Live for Heidi on Saturday, May 26 at 2 p.m. at the North Pownal Methodist Church, 851 Lawrence Rd, Pownal ME. Coffee and dessert will follow in the fellowship hall.

Mary Ellen (McCarthy) Rollins

Portland, ME -- Mary Ellen Rollins, 75, passed away on May 18, 2018 at her home with her family in Portland.

Mary Ellen was born in Boston on May 28, 1942 to Calire and Thomas McCarthy. She received her education through High School in Catholic Schools; she graduated from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA and then received her Master’s Degree from Antioch College.

Her first work was as a Phlebotomist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She then worked as a teacher and a guidance counselor in Roxbury in the Boston Public School system during the busing crisis. Once in Maine in 1980; she worked with Growing Through Adoption for several years. She also wrote headlines for news stories at the Portland Press Herald.  She joined the Maine Department of Human Services in 1997 as a social worker and later as a supervisor. Her last social work was at Youth Alternatives in South Portland. After her retirement, she volunteered at the Long Creek Development Center.

She and her husband of 44 years, Brian, met in Boston and then later moved to Maine in 1980. They both loved sailing, travel and good food. Mary Ellen had a passion for Africa and visited her cousin on his ranch in Kenya several times. Her other interest included cross word puzzles, reading, knitting and playing fiddle music with the musical group Fiddle-icious.

Mary Ellen is survived by her husband, Brian, her children, Maloti, Dahven, Philippa and Gregory and many grandchildren.

Mary Ellen wanted no formal service but her many friends are planning a celebration of her life later. At her request, she will be buried at the family plot with her immediate family attending.

Mary Ellen requested that any donation be sent to Fiddle-icious at 71 Bradley St. Portland ME, 04102

 

Oren W. Mikulaninecz Sr.

Portland, ME - Oren W. Mikulaninecz Sr., 77, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, ME after a long illness, surrounded by his family.

Oren was born on May 25, 1940 at Maine Medical Center in Portland, the son of Gertrude May Ducharme and Samuel Mikulanecz. He attended Portland High School.  After high school, he joined the army in 1957, serving 3 years as a longshoreman in Newfoundland and Virginia. He then went for several moving companies, including Grants, Beals, Scribners, and Mayflower. He was known as a very hard worker.

In July 1961, he met the love of his life, Patricia Townsend.  They married in November of 1961 and soon started a family the following year.  

Oren was an avid sports fan.  He loved the Dallas Cowboys and the Red Sox.  Like so many, he was overjoyed to see his Sox finally win a world series.  He loved to play card games, especially poker. He was a huge music fan and loved his solid golden oldies.  He also enjoyed watching old westerns. He will be remembered for his infectious smile and great sense of humor which he passed on to all three of his children.

He was pre-deceased by his mother and father, and his step-father, Romeo Ducharme.  

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia Mikulaninecz, two daughters, Kathy Johnson and her husband Ernest, and Pamela Burchill and her husband Tim, a son, Oren Jr. and his wife Nancy, all of Portland, ME.   He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Ernest Johnson III, Darcy Tarr, Trista and Kayla Burchill, Erika and Britni Mikulanecz, and two great-grandchildren, Bradley Seigars and Isabella Graham, as well as his beloved cat, Church.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Friday, May 25, 2018 from 10 - 11 a.m. with a funeral service at 11 a.m. at the Grace Baptist Church, 476 Summit St. Portland.  Interment to follow at Blanchard Cemetery, Winn Rd, Falmouth.

Mary Sue (Harris) Gould

Westbrook, ME - Mary Sue Gould, 86, of Westbrook, died peacefully with her daughters by her side on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer.

 

Mary Sue was born on January 11, 1932 in Philadelphia, PA. She was the daughter of Dorothy Catherine Young and Norman Randolph Harris. She graduated from Bridgeton, NJ in 1949 and from Temple University School of Dental Hygiene in 1951. She worked as a dental hygienist and later became household executive and stay at home mom for her three children.

 

While living in Skowhegan, Mary Sue enjoyed being a long-time member of the Lakewood Golf Club. She volunteered at the local hospital, worked at the food cupboard, sang in the choir and served on various boards at the Federated Church. While living in Windham, she was a member of the N. Windham Union Church, UCC, where she proudly managed the thrift shop for many years.

 

Her hobbies included fitness, golf, knitting, gardening, sewing, and travel; she loved to dance and “boogie” to her favorite disco songs. Mary Sue was an avid Red Sox fan and she never missed an episode of her favorite TV show “Jeopardy”.

 

Mary Sue was predeceased by her parents, Norman and Dorothy Harris, her sister, Norma Jo Clunan, and her son, Robert H. Gould. She is survived by her daughters Linda G. Nickerson (Richard) and Lisa A. Seymour (John Knightly), of Windham, her grandchildren, Benjamin Toppi, Laura Toppi and Kathryn Seymour; step-grandchildren, Jason Seymour (Heather), Amanda Doyle (Scott), and Cameron Seymour (Kelsey), Arianna and Sarah Nickerson; and four step-great-grandchildren; nieces Jamie Lynn Goodwin (Billy) and Jackie Rushing, and nephew Randy Clunan.

 

A Celebration of Life for Mary Sue will take place on Sunday, June 3rd at 12:30 at the N. Windham Union Church, UCC at 723 Roosevelt Trail, Windham, Maine.

 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Good Shephard Food Bank, Lupus Foundation of American or Arthritis Foundation.

Carole A. (Blood) Wilson

 

Freeport, ME - Carole Ann (Blood) Wilson, 74, of Freeport, ME and former longtime resident of Belchertown, MA passed away on Nov. 22, 2017 at Springbrook Center in Westbrook, ME with her family by her side.  She was the wife of the late Ralph B. Wilson, her husband of 46 years, who died in 2008.

 

She was born on October 4, 1943 in Montague, MA, a daughter of the late Dana W. Blood, Sr. and Rita A. (Dupell) Blood. She worked in the Activities Dept. at Quaboag on the Common in North Brookfield, MA, but her favorite job was being a U.S. Navy wife and the mother of three boys. She loved to do crafts and spend time with family and friends.

 She is survived by her sons, Richard L. Wilson and his wife Linda Wilson of Orange, MA, Duane E. Wilson of Freeport, ME and Robert D. Wilson and his wife Alicia Wilson of Freeport, ME.  She also leaves her brothers, Dana W. Blood, Jr and his wife Elizabeth Blood of Florida and Roger H. Blood, Sr. and his wife Sophia Blood of South Hadley, MA; as well as her grandsons Christopher Wilson and David Wilson, both of MA and her granddaughter Ava P. Wilson of Freeport, ME. Carole had a very extended family including grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins that she loved very much. 'Step-’, was not a word in her vocabulary.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation at Beers and Story Funeral Home in Belchertown, MA on May 11, 2018, from 12 pm to 2 pm, followed by internment in Oak Grove Cemetery in Springfield, MA.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in Carole’s memory.

 

 A very special Thank you to Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services of Portland, ME. 04103, 207-899-4605 for their excellent care and services provided for our Mom. We appreciate everything you provided for us during our time of need. Thank you, The Wilson family.

 

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